The Berlin Wall was erected as the totalitarian response to keeping “East Germans” inside the communist territory of the Marshall plan’s designated areas after WWII. It is a scar big enough we can see it from space. Apropos today with our own socialist dramas and patriotic diatribes, this event and its symbol’s demise seems significant.
On June 12, 1987, United States President Ronald Reagan spoke at the German capitol of Berlin in what was to become one of history’s most prestigious freedom speeches of all time. We are familiar with the phrase, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”, but there is perhaps more value in the rest of the speech. Read on…
There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Like that most famous quotation, these prophetic lines show too that successful statesmen must be sober realists about men’s ideals:
Perhaps this gets to the root of the matter, to the most fundamental distinction of all between East and West. The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship. The totalitarian world finds even symbols of love and of worship an affront.
Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower’s one major flaw, treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind. Yet even today when the Sun strikes that sphere–that sphere that towers over all Berlin–the light makes the sign of the cross. There in Berlin, like the city itself, symbols of love, symbols of worship, cannot be suppressed.
As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner, “This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.” Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.
And just as the wall of communism failed in Germany in front of our eyes twenty years ago today, the wall of socialist totalitarianism will fail in America! “This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.” It cannot withstand FAITH; it cannot withstand TRUTH. The wall cannot withstand FREEDOM!
Apropos today with our own socialist dramas and patriotic diatribes, this event and its symbol’s demise seems significant. Why do you think the timing of the HC bills just happens to be pushed now? Is it a coincidence as regards this historical event? Is it purely because the politicians want to get passage before the Christmas holiday? Explain.
What’s the old song about the seasons? They “turn, turn, turn.” Here’s another example of Democrats not liking the truth so they want to change it, and their mantra is “spin, spin, spin.” Rep. Llloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and the Democratic National Committee have dismissed the protests as ‘mob rule’ (DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse, per FOX article). Just as when the govt-seduced-media either didn’t report on, or mis-reported significantly low numbers attending Tax Day Tea Parties across the nation and stated the gatherings were ‘staged’ by the RNC and ‘extremist’ groups, the White House is now claiming that the current crop of TH meetings set up over the August break are beset with fake protesters. It’s not like the Obamaites would ever stage a fake TH themselves… The truth hurts boys, because it sets you free and that’s called LIBERTY!
Angry Protesters Confront Democratic Lawmakers at Health Care Town Halls
WH spokesman Robert Gibbs accused Rick Scott of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, as the ‘ringleader’ in this ‘manufacture’ of protesters.
‘First Amendment Rights’
Shouts of “READ THE BILL!” welcomed home lawmakers this weekend in Green Bay, WI. Citizens frustrated that the govt. not listening.
The following links are from the Conservatives for Patients’ Rights site:
Town Hall Alert
View the listof upcoming Congressional Town Hall meetings where you can go and share your views on healthcare reform.
View the videosfrom the Congressional Town Hall meetings where constituents voice their concerns on healthcare reform.
Nationwide Recess Rally
“Many of the original groups behind TaxDayTeaParty.com are joining together for the Nationwide Recess Rally. This is a collaborative effort to make it known that we will not stand for socialized, government controlled healthcare.” For more information, please visit the Nationwide Recess Rally homepage.
Free Health Care Fixes
From the CPR blog:
Patients Forced To Live In Agony After NHS Refuses To Pay For Painkilling Injections
Laura Donnelly – The Telegraph
The Government’s drug rationing watchdog says “therapeutic” injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known. Instead the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is ordering doctors to offer patients remedies like acupuncture and osteopathy.Specialists fear tens of thousands of people, mainly the elderly and frail, will be left to suffer excruciating levels of pain or pay as much as £500 each for private treatment. The NHS currently issues more than 60,000 treatments of steroid injections every year. NICE said in its guidance it wants to cut this to just 3,000 treatments a year, a move which would save the NHS £33 million. But the British Pain Society, which represents specialists in the field, has written to NICE calling for the guidelines to be withdrawn after its members warned that they would lead to many patients having to undergo unnecessary and high-risk spinal surgery. Dr Christopher Wells, a leading specialist in pain relief medicine and the founder of the NHS’ first specialist pain clinic, said it was “entirely unacceptable” that conventional treatments used by thousands of patients would be stopped.
Lawmakers can choose among several plans and get special treatment at federal medical facilities. In 2008, taxpayers spent about $15 billion to insure 8.5 million federal workers and their dependents. Too much, too fast, too expensive. Those are some of the objections lawmakers have thrown up against the healthcare overhaul Democrats are attempting on Capitol Hill. But many feel Congress is out of touch. How, they wonder, can lawmakers empathize with the underinsured or those lacking insurance when they receive a benefits package — heavily subsidized by taxpayers — that most Americans can only envy? Among the advantages: a choice of 10 healthcare plans that provide access to a national network of doctors, as well as several HMOs that serve each member’s home state. By contrast, 85% of private companies offering health coverage provide their employees one type of plan. Take it or leave it. Lawmakers also get special treatment at Washington’s federal medical facilities and, for a few hundred dollars a month, access to their own pharmacy and doctors, nurses and medical technicians standing by in an office conveniently located between the House and Senate chambers.